Friday, March 30, 2012

First Daffodils

                                                         this morning from my front garden

Thursday, March 29, 2012

live Purely

My cousin Laura  tucked this into my shopping bag while we were at Wholefoods and BOY am I glad she did.  This is the best granola I have ever tasted.  The Original cereal is loaded with all the good stuff (amaranth, quinoa, chia seeds, coconut oil) 
free of  refined sugars, gluten, and it's vegan.
Their mission ..".. to recreate the most delicious baked goods using the highest-quality natural and organic ingredients, loaded with health benefits and free of the bad stuff."

And that exactly what they do. Nibble for yourself. Love it.

thanks LP!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

P is for PAINTings

                                                           ..and hands in Pockets.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Tazo Tea

    okay.. I think I saw this idea some place a while back,
 however..I did drink all these cups of tea this past winter,
 and have been stashing the pouches with the intent of sewing them up.

I'm sending it off to my favorite boy in Portland. 
Happy Spring!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

taking care of business

Said good bye to my best boy,
raking my garden beds,
simplifying my life,
getting ready for spring cleanse.

It must be Sunday.

AND I am in love 
with this fox.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

And for dessert


  ...a taste of this bad boy from blueberry cheesecake heaven.     

Friday, March 23, 2012

The Sprouted Kitchen

When the weekend rolls around, I'm looking for a tasty treat to make. Eli is home now and missed out on this deliciousness last time around. So, it's off to the produce market I go for the freshest lemongrass, cilantro and ginger I can find.  
 This recipe is from The Sprouted Kitchen, a favorite place to get lost in the most amazing whole foods recipes and tastiest of photographs.

Adapted from Food and Wine via Harold Dieterle of Kin Shop, New York

I know heat is subjective, so I am giving amounts for a medium spicy soup. I would start there and add accordingly. It's tougher to neutralize the spice in a soup like this, so start moderate. The original recipe calls for fish sauce, which I can't handle, so I opted for peanut butter and tamari. I'm sure you can find the original on their website.

1 14 oz. pkg. Extra Firm Tofu
2 Tbsp. Tamari or Low Sodium Soy Sauce
2 tsp. Sesame or Olive Oil

2 Thai Chiles or half of one VERY Small Habanero, seeded and chopped
3 Stalks Fresh Lemongrass, inner bulbs, finely chopped
4 Cloves Garlic
1 Large Shallot
1/4 Cup Peeled and Chopped Fresh Ginger
1 Tbsp. Coconut Oil
2 1/2 Cups Coconut Milk (about a can and a half)
1 heaping Tbsp. Muscavado or Brown Sugar
1 Tbsp. Tamari or Low Sodium Soy Sauce
3 Tbsp. Natural Smooth Peanut Butter
Zest of Two Limes
Juice of One Lime
Salt and Pepper
2 Cups Roughly Chopped Mushrooms (I used medium portabellos)
Around 9oz. Soba Noodles, love these
Fresh Cilantro, roughly chopped, for garnish

Thursday, March 22, 2012


                                                                             two ring book by RACHEL age 5

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Summer ART!

       Monday - Friday   2 sessions per week...
                      5 - 9 years   11am - 1pm           
       8 -13 years      3 - 5pm
               week ONE  JUNE 25-28   Games Puzzles and Toys
                           TWO  JULY 9-13  Magical Mystery Tour  Music

         THREE JULY 16-20 All Things Paper
                          FOUR  JULY 23-27  Threads  Fabric & Textiles

                             FIVE  JULY 27- AUGUST 3  Big Plans  Sculpture

                     Intensive and creative weekly art programs. Each day is a 
                       progressive step in the production of art works created in a 
                       cool variety of explorative mixed-media projects. In addition 
                         to themed projects each child will have to freedom to explore 
                       individually at paint, wood and mixed-media art stations. All 
                  art comes home in a portfolio on Friday.   $210 per week.



Wednesday, March 14, 2012


I took these before & after pictures during studio classes today.
The set up for each project is a reflection of the outcome of the process. 
 I love the trace left behind where the children have
                                                         and created  with the materials set out for them.
 I love the energy and hum that is swirling through the studio as they work.
 I love the look on their faces and their bodies as they think.
 I love that they love what they do. 
And THAT is why I love what I do.

today's mantra

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Four Brush Girl

Goes to show it can be done!
Tilly masterfully painting with 4FOUR brushes..OUTstanding!
LOVE the shimmy shake she danced mid stream.

thanks for the quick pick up on the pix,  SAMI!

Monday, March 12, 2012

I want to ride my BICYCLE

There is truly no better feeling than the wind rushing against your skin, 
to be free, fast and a little reckless.
I cannot wait to get myself and my bicycle back on the road.


Sunday, March 11, 2012

Jennifer Collier bonding, waxing, trapping and stitching I produce unusual paper ‘fabrics’, which are used to explore the ‘remaking’ of household objects. the papers are treated as if cloth, with the main technique employed being stitch; a contemporary twist on traditional textiles. the papers themselves serve as both the inspiration and the media for my work, with the narrative of the books and papers suggesting the forms.  

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